Posts Tagged rape culture

No, California’s new affirmative consent law doesn’t expand the carceral state

This week, as many advocates cheered California’s passage of its new “yes means yes” law, gender studies professor Laurie Essig published a critique on The Chronicle‘s blog. I share her skepticism of carceral feminisms that place false and violent hope in the criminal justice system to deliver gender justice, but she is wrong to condemn the statute on these grounds: strong civil laws to combat sexual violence disturb, rather than reinforce, our reliance on incarceration.

Firstly, and mostly simply, SB 967 is not a criminal statute and will have no effect on criminal adjudication. Instead, it clarifies the definition of consent that colleges and universities must use when adjudicating sexual violence within their internal ...

This week, as many advocates cheered California’s passage of its new “yes means yes” law, gender studies professor Laurie Essig published a critique on The Chronicle‘s blog. I share her 

California now has the nation’s first “affirmative consent” law

We’re giving a very enthusiastic “hell yes” to this news. The so-called “yes means yes” bill passed by the California state legislature last month, which establishes a standard of affirmative consent on college campuses in the state, has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

 Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when “yes means yes” and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports.

State lawmakers last month approved SB967 by Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, as states and universities across the U.S. are under pressure to change how they handle rape allegations. Campus sexual assault ...

We’re giving a very enthusiastic “hell yes” to this news. The so-called “yes means yes” bill passed by the California state legislature last month, which establishes a standard of affirmative consent on ...

UChicago misogynists threaten sexual assault survivors and activists over release of ‘rapist list’

Last year, the Department of Education opened an investigation of the University of Chicago after a complaint alleged that gender-based violence and harassment were rampant on campus, and that the University was doing little to stop it. Yesterday a group calling itself the UChicago Electronic Army (UEA) provided a good case in point. The UEA hacked the University of Chicago MODA fashion website in order to send a threatening message to campus survivors, activists, and allies:

UEA’s message, which is no longer online, was a response to the release of the Hyde Park List. As Dana reported on Monday, “concerned citizens” posted the names of several “people known to commit varying levels of gender-based violence” at the school. (After initially being removed ...

Last year, the Department of Education opened an investigation of the University of Chicago after a complaint alleged that gender-based violence and harassment were rampant on campus, and that the University was doing little to stop it. Yesterday ...

‘Rapist list’ appears at University of Chicago, is quickly taken down by Tumblr

This weekend as first-years arrived at the University of Chicago for their freshman orientation, an anonymous group, identified only as “Concerned Citizens,” published on Tumblr a list of “people known to commit varying levels of gender-based violence” at UChicago. A similar list quickly popped up in university bathrooms. According to Jezebel, “Those flyers list the names of six current and former UChicago students; all appear to be men and do/did go to the college.” The Concerned Citizens explained their goal on Tumblr: “Keeping the community safe—since the University won’t.” UChicago’s list is the latest in a series that have appeared at U.S. colleges over the years, including Brown University some 20 years ago and Columbia University last ...

This weekend as first-years arrived at the University of Chicago for their freshman orientation, an anonymous group, identified only as “Concerned Citizens,” published on Tumblr a list of “people known to commit varying levels of gender-based ...

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It’s on us to go beyond ‘It’s On Us’

“Identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.

If you see something, intervene in any way you can.

If something looks like a bad situation, it probably is.

Get someone to help if you see something.

Get in the way by creating a distraction.”

The White House’s flashy new bystander intervention campaign, It’s On Us, makes sexual assault sound a lot like a bad thunderstorm — unfortunate, inevitable, striking seemingly out of nowhere, and devoid of human agents. The solution, then, is easy and comfortable: “Identify situations in which [a-tornado-I-mean-sexual-assault] may occur” and guide your friend to safety; remember: “If something looks like a bad situation, it probably is.”

Gender-based violence is not like the weather. It has ...

“Identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.

If you see something, intervene in any way you can.

If something looks like a bad situation, it probably is.

Get someone to help if you see something.

The Feministing Five: Emma Sulkowicz

Emma Sulkowicz is my new favorite feminist artist, having displaced Frida and Queen Bey. This past week, Emma debuted her senior art thesis, “Mattress Performance: Carry That Weight,” in the midst of her first week of her senior year at Columbia University in New York. For those of you who need a refresher, Emma has created a performance work where she will carry a mattress with her across campus unless her rapist is forced out of school or leaves campus. Her initial announcement was met with much attention across the national media. Here at Feministing, we have continued to cover her debut, as well as concurrent student protests against Columbia’s inefficient sexual assault policies. 

To ...

Emma Sulkowicz is my new favorite feminist artist, having displaced Frida and Queen Bey. This past week, Emma debuted her senior art thesis, “Mattress Performance: Carry That Weight,” in the midst of her first week of her ...

Students show solidarity by helping Columbia rape survivor carry her mattress

Cue a lump in your throat.

Responding to the call to “carry the weight together,” fellow students helped Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia senior who is lugging her mattress everywhere while her rapist remains on campus, carry it from the courtyard to her class yesterday

Cue a lump in your throat.

Responding to the call to “carry the weight together,” fellow students helped Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia senior who is lugging her mattress everywhere while her ...

Do you know your Nose Punching Limit?

“Without making the victims responsible for what happens, one of the groups that have to be trained not to drink in excess are women. They need to be in a position to punch the guys in the nose if they misbehave. And so part of the problem is you have men who take advantage of women who drink too much and there are women who drink too much. And we need to educate our daughters and our children in that regard.”

— Dr. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, President Emeritus and current Professor of Public Service at George Washington University

Got that, ladies? You need to remain sober enough at all times to be capable of punching a dude in the nose. ...

“Without making the victims responsible for what happens, one of the groups that have to be trained not to drink in excess are women. They need to be in a position to punch the guys in ...

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